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kiwichappers

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An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« on: January 30, 2021, 10:14:08 PM »
I've decided the time has come for something fresh that should be a straight forward build. The box, severely crushed by Amazon's 'careful' packaging and handling lowered the tone of my stash. Therefore if I build the kit the offending box can be recycled, restoring order to the stash.

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2021, 05:45:17 PM »
Great looking fighter the Zero.  Looking forward to this one.
Andy

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2021, 03:27:53 PM »
Being a Hasegawa kit it shouldn't give you as many problems as the car. Relax and enjoy.

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2021, 08:37:00 PM »
Hi Kiwichappers,
I always thought the A6M3 was a clipped wing version.
Did the type 22 model retain the rounded wingtips of the A6M2??
I have the Tamiya A6M3 'Hamp' in 1/48 with clipped wings, I will watch your build of the Hasegawa kit, a glean some sage advice from a great modeller.
Cheers,
Bigkev

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2021, 11:27:03 AM »
Hi Kiwichappers,
Just to let you know that I have done a little bit of research and found that the model 22 did have rounded wingtips and the clipped wing appeared on the model 32.
See your build and my lack of knowledge encouraged me to do some more research. I am a bit more informed as a result.
Look forward to the build.
Bigkev

kiwichappers

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2021, 11:40:13 AM »
Now then Big Kev,

The A6M 'Zero' due to its long service closely parallels that of the Spitfire and Bf109.

All three started out as low wing monoplanes with two blade props, engines of around 700 to 800hp and were progressively upgraded with engines of nearly double the originals power, props, armament and wings. Mark numbers for all three also suffered a degree of chronological disorder.

The A6M3 model 0 type 32, a development of the A6M2b model 0 type 21 with a more powerful Sakae 21engine, reduced wingspan with clipped tips,  and upgraded Type 99 canons. These modifications while increasing speed reduced alerion response and more importantly significantly reduced the range, critical for the long distances involved in the Pacific.

The A6M3 model 0 type 22 was the response to deficiencies of the type 32 and developed from it. Wingspan was increased with rounded folding tips, although some late production type 22s were fitted type 52 shorter span rounded tip wings, just to confuse us. Fuel tanks and drop tank attachment points were incorporated in the new wings.

Having sorted out the vagaries of the various types I found out yesterday that the particular aircraft I'm building was a composite restored to flyable condition by Japanese technicians at Rabul. Initially damaged during an Allied bombing raid on the airfield it was 'abandoned' in the perimeter jungle. In late 1944 getting desperate for serviceable aircraft the Japanese used a number salvaged parts to repair it. So I have a type 22 with a Sakae 12 engine, an A6M2b spinner and type 32 wheels.




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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2021, 01:00:58 PM »
Real life cross kitting, magic!!

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2021, 02:02:14 PM »
The model is going to be quite a mix then?
Chris

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2021, 06:33:42 PM »
Hi Francis,
Thanks for the comprehensive explanation.
Brilliant to hear that you have actually found out the vagaries of this particular aircraft.
Bigkev

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2021, 05:57:58 PM »
Fantastic aircraft!
No doubt will be a fantastic model!

kiwichappers

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2021, 02:52:37 PM »
I've added a little detail to the cockpit since it will be posed open on the final model.

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2021, 03:06:01 PM »
Detail is excellent Francis.

chriswil42

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2021, 02:40:52 PM »
That's a fair bit of detail. Is it 1/48th scale or larger?
Chris

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2021, 05:49:35 PM »
Cockpit look excellent. 
Another bit of trivia... I think the Zero had its gun buttons on the throttle lever.
Andy

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Re: An A6M3 type 22 'Zero'
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2021, 06:38:41 PM »
Is that so you could shoot faster Andy ????? hohohoho